Yesterday evening, the Craig Centre for Performing Arts came alive with the sound of music for the final of the Young Musician of the Year 2023.

Six Senior School pupils performed an incredibly diverse range of music for a hugely appreciative audience of parents, families, friends and teachers.

The event featured two age categories; S1-S3 and S4-S6, allowing pupils to compete at the same level as their peers. The evening kicked off with wonderful performances from our younger age group with Joseph on cello, and both Rohith and James on piano. Our S4-S6 pupils then took over with Leo on drum kit, Zoe on saxophone and Chenghong on piano, all of whom performed to an incredibly high standard.  

We were delighted to be joined by our judges, Chris Collins and Pauline Black, from Aberdeen University Music Department, who, after much deliberation, announced the winner of each age group: James (S3) and Zoe (S6). Zoe now also has the opportunity to enter the SCIS Schools Musician of the Year Final in April, held in St George’s School, Edinburgh.

Mr Haggart, Head of Music, shared: “The standard of musicality in the final was incredibly high this year. All the pupils can, and should, be really proud of how they performed, and also how they presented themselves. They are a real credit to themselves, their teachers and the school. It was lovely to see such a fantastic and supportive audience as well. I’m sure all the performers would agree that a great audience really makes an event such as this even more special. It was a really lovely evening full of music-making of the highest standard. We undoubtedly have two very worthy winners, but all the performers played beautifully. It has been a privilege to follow their musical development over the past few years.”

Congratulations to all of our musicians on their fantastic performances. 

Young Musician of the Year 2023